Anyone saying Apple copied Samsung/Google with a big screen phone is a fucking idiot

Samsung/Android users saying Apple ‘copied’ big screens with the iPhone 6 (and that it’s somehow proof that Android is more innovative), is like Milli Vanilli claiming that they’re more innovative than Lenny Kravitz because he copied their dreads.

How android apologists see the world

 

It’s all about Apple’s recipes.

The truth of development is plainly clear for anyone that lives in reality, unlike the Holocaust and moon-landing denying, birthers known as Android fans.  The iPhone was first. I love saying that over and over to Android fans so they froth and their brains explode. They like to counter with lunacy, saying all that stuff in the iPhone existed before the iPhone.  It’s a bit like telling the Wright brothers “wheels, engines, propellers, planks of wood, cables, all existed before the air plane…big deal, you just recombined existing stuff in the shape of a plane, and you just stole the arrangement from birds anyway.”

First, I’ll tell you what didn’t exist before the iPhone, the knockoff visual blight and tour-de-force of bad design known as an Android Phone.  Second, so what that lots of “stuff” existed before the iPhone.  Nothing like the iPhone, that was usable by normal people, existed.  The smartphones back then were the Blackberry (something only a soulless business person and IT wonk clutching for his job through obscure, arcane and outdated tech could love), Windows Mobile phones (approaching the same levels of success as Microsoft tablets, and equally loved), and Palm (who managed to ripoff enough of Apple’s throw away Newton technology to eek out an existence, but just couldn’t ever quite innovate their way out of a paper bag without their muse (i.e., Apple) showing them what end of their ass is up). Basically, before the iPhone, we had the Three Amigos of smartphones.

Smartphone 3 Amigos

The difference between the 3 amigos and the iPhone is so vast, we might as well call everything before 2007, B-team (before the iPhone) and everything after, A-team (after iPhone).

Anyway, it is true that many core technologies in the iPhone existed before the iPhone (e.g., touch screens, multitouch gestures, etc.). Apple innovated the iPhone by combining many many technologies in new ways that made them commercially palatable and successful.  Here’s a newslfash.  Edison didn’t make the first lightbulb. Nobody remembers or gives a shit who made the first miserable and non usable lightbulb. Edison made the first commercially successful lightbulbs (with a particular mix of tungsten that would make them effectively last indefinitely).  So while he wasn’t first, he was first to get the ‘recipe’ right and disrupted a bunch of industries and created a few new ones in.

Apple was the same with the Apple I/II (not the first personal computer), the Mac (not the first computer with a mouse or graphical user interface), the iPod (not the first MP3 player), the iTunes store (not the first online digital music store), the iPhone (not the first smartphone), the App store (not the first online store for applications), the iPad (not the first tablet), etc.  What Apple did was make the first commercially successful versions of those earth-changing technologies. Apple did this by making versions of those technologies that didn’t profoundly suck as their supposed forebearers.

Once Apple showed its recipe for commercial success, in each case, would-be ‘innovators’ who never could come up with the commercially successful recipe themselves—no doubt because they were busy listening to their idiot techno-leet zealot users that are certain they know better than everyone else in the world and resulted in awesome designs like the IPAQ—these wannabes then stood on Apple’s work and lifted it for themselves; thanks very much.

Hey, a special shout out to all my patent infringing bitches. Samsung waaszzzzzzzzzupppppp. Who could blame Samsung. Patent infringement only cost them a billion, and they earned profits well north of that. Why wouldn’t an economically rational company continuously steal others’ work with idiot judges and patent courts. Fuck you Judge Koh you stupid bitch.  Just how many fucking Apple patents does Samsung have to infringe before you pull your head out of your ass and slap them with an injunction. Ahh our wonderful court system at work.

 

Quid Pro Quo

But why would otherwise bright people become apologists for these low-level marginal industry functionaries?  Well, it’s a bit of quid pro quo.  See, everyone inside of these companies can’t really innovate because of whatever institutional dysfunction limits them, and so, they secretly pine and daydream and wish for a reality where they mattered.  So, they, much like children pretending to be their superheros, go get a sheet, dawn it as a cape, and make themselves a knockoff of the real thing.  They sell this knockoff for less. And they, somehow, straight-face, present it as some ‘revolution/innovation.’ In return for this knockoff piece of shit, the press, that gets paid to support the knockoffs with ads, shamelessly plays along.

Besides, what function would the tech press have if there were only one phone. They’d just be useless.  By propping up Android as something other than a dead Weekend-at-Bernie competitor, they’re no longer useless. Instead, they now have a function—hitwhoring.

Government Not Doing Its Job

Or for some very special ‘news outlets,’  they get to be wall street manipulated hitwhores that put out press to drive Apple stock down and click rates up.  Why?  Because if you run a fund you need to outperform the market, but that’s hard work.  And it’s much easier to make money if you make contrarian bets with ’surprising’ results.  There’s no better company to do this to than the largest held and most secretive company that everyone expects should do well in the market. Yet, it mysteriously, despite making ungodly amounts of money, can’t get its P/E multiple even back to its old long-held traditional levels, all while companies like Amazon enjoy insane multiples.  Even while Bezos tells the shareholders he hopes he never makes any money to give to give back to them, and that they can all go fuck themselves if they don’t like it, Amazon’s P/E just keeps going higher. I think if Bezos promised to split all profits between the North Korean communist party and burning the rest in a bon fire (maybe that’s what their new phone is for), that, in reaction, wall street would shit itself with glee and double the stock price.

Again, why wouldn’t the scum on wall street do this when they know the DoJ, FTC, and SEC are all useless and won’t ever look into wall street fund/press collaboration, fomenting, and stock manipulation.  Why, because those completely useless government agencies are busy suing Apple for ebook industry violations. Seriously!? Fucking ebooks!? The DoJ cocksuckers watch Conan the Fundbarians foment and skim trillions of dollars in price manipulated equity away from investors, and instead of dealing with that, they decide to focus on a market that accounted for like $5 in sales for Apple. This!? This is what these government asswipes spend tax money on when they’re not busy shoving it up their asses and shitting it down the toilet? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me. Rather than paying the ridiculous proposed $800M settlement, I have half a mind to quit the useless ebook business, refund all $5 of ebook purchases, and tell everyone to go fuck themselves.

And the government’s outcome is to give Amazon, a clear de facto ebook monopolist, more market power. Genius.  Fucking genius. Dumb motherfuckers.

At this rate, we should thank the nice people on wall street that they don’t start just hiring American citizens as toilet paper and wiping their ass with us collectively.  The only interest the government will have is to make sure that the toilet paper pays its taxes.

Anyway, all this shit is enough to make Ayn Rand fans masturbate themselves into a coma. But I digress too much (for more info, check out Cramer’s shockingly candid description of the market ass-rape that the DoJ seems to have no problems with, here):

Wallstreet confessions of manipulation

 

Money shots

So that’s why the press props up the rotten corpse of Android, but what about the public?  Well, the public buys Android phones because they are buy-one-get-one-free cheap shit.  No big shame in that, other than the cost savings comes from ripping off others’ innovation.  Anyway, most of the public honestly could care less.  Kudos.  But to the true Android fans, well, they got all kinds of insecurities and complexes that they need to work out. They can’t just settle for “I don’t give a shit… I’ll buy the cheapest thing that gets me through the day…Fuck you, Wallmart rocks and so does this Android phone!” No, they need some vice-turned-virtue rationale and justification.

I mean no one wants to feel bad about themselves, so these Android fans will prop up any fucking justification.  And any crumb/argument that has even a modicum of legitimacy to it, well, that will get the entire Fandroid army into a fervent circle jerk swallowing each others’ moral loads as an opiate to soothe their fucking bitter souls.  “Bigger screens, we had’m first! We’re geniuses!” Really?

Newton Message Pad and iPhone 6 Plus(Credit TUAW)

I think everyone at these knockoff companies, and their fans, watch Apple keynotes with hatred, praying that nothing too earth shattering happens. I think the employees at the knockoffs secretly wonder why they weren’t good enough to work at Apple, wishing they could be a part of the Willie Wonka factory. And the Android fans/Apple haters hope that everyone at Apple collectively dies—all so they can justify their purchase in a product/platform that is as bankrupt ideologically as Milli Vanilli’s act.

Now does that mean that these second rate companies didn’t tack on some pretty cool innovations.  Sure doesn’t; there have been some very keen things that Google has come up with since.  Notification manager. Google Now. All kinds of cool gaudy and annoying-as-shit user interface widgets. Mostly shit that the vast majority of the the public could care less about, and only geeks with too much time on their hands obsess about. Yes, yes, they have, I admit it. We’ll eventually get around to ripping these off and implementing them in a non-Android/shitastic way.

But is it even remotely comparable to the innovations in ‘recipe’ that Apple got right?  No, in each case, Apple almost forcibly brought the world into a more modern place (for better and for worse) and disrupted and/or created all new industries.  Google made an annoying beep/flashy-pop up notification handler in Android to ‘put their dent in the universe.’

To put any of these wannabe-innovator companies (Google, Samsung, Microsoft, etc.) on the same level of innovation as Apple takes a mind so full of spite and morbid stupidity, so bizzaro-world upside down….that you have to live in a world where you root for a leach on innovation and your privacy, and for a foreign company that manipulates the press  and whose deviance has few limits in its own country, over an American icon of innovation started out of a garage by two hippies.

And you were bought and sold into that world for a free email account and saving a couple of hundred bucks when buying your phone.  Congratulations sell outs.

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15 thoughts on “Anyone saying Apple copied Samsung/Google with a big screen phone is a fucking idiot

  1. I’ve always suspected the Samsung rants on Apple sites were due to the fact that Android crowds do not have sites devoted to the wonders of Samsung. (do a google) Therefore, they venture to Apple interest sites to vent their mischief. The only sites I could find devoted to Samsung and Android are the Emergency Wards for “S&M”, Sorrow and Mitigation.

    I am pleased to see a site that has the willingness (politeness is a virtue) to call a spade a spade and give both the bad and the good of any side, and indeed, Google has come out with some honest innovations. On Android rants at Apple I cannot remember ever seeing Apple given credit for any innovation. There is something in the Apple spirit that demands introspection, true analyses and fair play in any venture, even when discussion of Android arises.

    This may be way off track but there is speculation that Samsung has payed malefactors who attack and destroy Apple discussion sites. I am a chatty person and bold when it comes to any interesting topic, so when I met someone who uses a Samsung phone I chat them up. None have defend their choice by invectives against Apple. Cost and size seem to be their reasons.
    Namaste and care,
    mhikl

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  2. So…. I’m typing this from my iPad (which I love, and would never trade in for either an Android tablet or a Surface. I’ve had both and prefer the iPad in the tablet space) but I started reading this article from my LG G3.

    I saved that article to my Pocket account by touching one button and then picked up reading on my iPad when I got home. Up until a few months ago, if I were using an iPhone, that process would have involved having to copy and paste a link into an email which would then be sent to my Pocket. And that’s because Apple couldn’t fathom that I, as a consumer of services, would choose to use any service other than the built in bookmarker in Mobile Safari, which I also don’t use.

    Dyed in the wool Apple cultists (like you) don’t seem to get that either. You assume that I own my G3 because “the public buys Android phones because they are buy-one-get-one-free cheap shit.” But I didn’t get my phone for free. I bought it outright, because it was the phone I wanted. Much like I did my research, tried out various tablets, and ultimately decided that the iPad was the best suited for my needs, I did the same with my phone. I like LG’s design aesthetic better than Apple’s when it comes to phones. I like the fact that I get the same 5.5 inch screen (with far better resolution) as the iPhone 6 Plus, but in a noticeably smaller chassis. That’s better design, to me. I like Google Now better than I like Siri. I prefer the way Android integrates sharing between apps. These are just some of the reasons I chose Android over iOS. These are MY preferences. You hate Android, and you’re entitled to. But you’re not entitled to decide why I don’t, you narcissistic, self aggrandizing iSheep.

    Steve Jobs very famously derided large phones and indicated on multiple occasions (here’s one: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/16/jobs-no-ones-going-to-buy-a-big-phone/) that while he was in charge, 3.5 inches of screen was as big as an iPhone would get. He couldn’t see people buying larger screens and liking them.

    Except people did, and they do. The fact that pre-orders for the iPhone 6 are breaking records rather than plummeting (as they would if people DIDN’T want larger screens on their next iPhone) is direct evidence. So Apple saw a market trend (people buying and positively reviewing phones with more screen real estate) and wisely decided that, on this issue, Jobs was wrong. They copied the trend to sell more products. That was wise, if RIM had done that rather than sticking to their guns they might not be fighting over single digit market share. Ditto for Apple’s decision to finally allow third party keyboards to be used on iDevices, which is one of those “useless” customizations that you sneer at and claim no one wants. Except that it only took Swiftkey about a day to crack the top ten free apps in the app store. ‘Cause that happens when no one wants something.

    What you can’t seem to grasp is that, as wise as it was for Apple to see these trends and adapt to them, it also means they’re now a company that follows sometimes, rather than leads. In other words, they steal shit that works, same as the companies they sue for stealing shit that works. Apple isn’t special. They aren’t more committed to innovation or fair play, or to cuddling you in your pee soaked rage. They’re just a corporation that makes a good product and wants to stay relevant in the market place while increasing profits.

    That’s why I don’t worry too much about hurting their feelings when I decide to buy a competitor’s product if it better suits my use case.

    I’m a person. A real one. And sometimes I like a competitor’s idea of how something should work better than the way Apple thinks it should. So sue me.

    Wait, you’re an iFan. You just might.

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    • Mr.Finn,

      The iPad story seems to be more of a street-cred attempt, than a true story.

      iCloud tabs is an year old feature. I don’t even need to “save” anything I read. It’s just available on all my devices. One could easily use any of the sharing options as well. You don’t need to copy anything anywhere.

      Oh, and Continuity seems to solve the issue in an even better way, but it I admit it wasn’t available a few months back.

      But it seems you don’t really care about all the available options. You care about. Or maybe you just care about the one missing so that you can blow it out of proportions, as if no other option could be possibly available?

      I could argue that 500ppi or more is a bit idiotic, as no person has that good of an eyesight. And it increases the strain on the GPU. There is also the penalty on the battery. But let us leave that aside. If you insist you see the difference, so be it.

      On the custom keyboards topic, however, I have only unpleasantries to say.
      The two custom keyboards I tested were Swype and Swiftkey (both introduced in Android a few years back). Both tried to bring the “Android culture” to iOS, but hit a roadblock with me. Both required FULL ACCESS to the network! Here is a citation:

      Swiftkey: “We take your privacy very seriously. Your data is protected and safely stored.”

      ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!?!?! INSOLENT SHITHEADS!!!

      What we don’t know cannot hurt us, right? Unfortunately, some “idiots” at Apple figured that we, the users, need to know.

      As one can guess, I removed both keyboards and won’t be testing new ones any time soon. But it seems Android users don’t even know all their keystrokes are recorded on remote servers.

      Now, that is exactly what people mean when they say Android is insecure. It’s not bugs, nor is it the sandboxing. Security-wise Android is just lacking. It is the very definition of spyware. It is planned, designed, engineered and coded to be spyware. And that is a FACT.

      But, you don’t seem mention those minor details when praising the G3 / Android.

      Wait, you are a fandroid! You just won’t admit anything.

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      • “The iPad story seems to be more of a street-cred attempt, than a true story.”

        Bahahaha. ‘He disagrees with us! He must be lying about liking a thing we like.’

        I’d suggest googling the “No True Scotsman fallacy.”

        Also: http://imgur.com/jPhCUdN have some proof.

        “iCloud tabs is an year old feature. I don’t even need to “save” anything I read. It’s just available on all my devices. One could easily use any of the sharing options as well.”

        Except I don’t use iCLoud. I use Drive and OneDrive. And up until very recently, Pocket was available in the sharing options, because Apple chooses which apps can have share permissions. But I’m the consumer, and my preferred choice of read-it-later service is Pocket. So in order to use the iPhone the way I wanted, I did, in fact, have to jump through hoops.

        “But it seems you don’t really care about all the available options. You care about. Or maybe you just care about the one missing so that you can blow it out of proportions…”

        Oy…

        I care about being able to use the option I want to. If product A allows me to do something that I enjoy doing, and product B does not, my options aren’t limited to just dealing with product B and swearing fealty to it, I can choose to buy product A instead. In this scenario, the free sharing from any app to any app makes Android the better product, for me.

        Do you know why I don’t like Android or Windows tablets? It’s an equally simple and small reason. I want to be able to use my tablet for both reading and light productivity, so sometimes I like it in landscape and sometimes I like it in portrait. The iPad is, thus far, the only 10 inch tablet on the market that’s comfortable to use in portrait mode. That’s it. Am I blowing the aspect ratio issue of other tablets out of proportion, or am I simply stating and acting on a preference?

        “I could argue that 500ppi or more is a bit idiotic, as no person has that good of an eyesight. And it increases the strain on the GPU. There is also the penalty on the battery. ”

        I have bad eyesight. If I read without my glasses using the kindle app on my iPad 4th gen for longer than about an hour, my eyes start to hurt. If I use the same app on my phone, also without my glasses, they don’t hurt. Call it subjective if you will, but the higher pixel count makes a difference for me. As far as the penalty to GPU and battery, this is also subjective and anecdotal, but my wife has an iPhone 5s. My phone is faster and the battery lasts longer and she uses hers less. I’m a heavy user and I get 14 hours of regular use on each charge. Which is better than what I’ve managed on any other phone I’ve owned.

        As to the security issues of Android, yep, it’s less secure. It’s also more versatile. That versatility, for me, outweighs my concerns over security because I’m careful with what I install on my phone. That’s a tradeoff I deliberately make by using Android phones.

        I realized as I was typing this that there’s bery little chance any of this will penetrate the foaming miasma of iPhone love you seem to have, but I just thought you should know, you’re objectively wrong. About me, my motivations, and my thought process in choosing the devices I choose.

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      • Comments’ depth seems to be restricted, so that’s a response to Julian Finn:

        You seem to have an opinion about everything that anyone wrote in this thread.

        “My phone is faster and the battery lasts longer”
        Yep, battery life is better. Faster? Nope. Not by a far stretch.

        “foaming miasma”?
        I had high hopes for the Maemo/Meego, but one famous retard killed the project.

        Android? Well, “Android is less secure”. That is what you wrote. But that’s an euphemism. Android itself is the malware. It is the Trojan horse in all it’s glory. That’s what it is.

        If you could just figure that security is also a feature. A big one at that. And a lot of people (me included) prefer it over custom key loggers and data leachers of all kinds … that foaming miasma … 😀

        Oh, but I forgot that you check each and every app that you install. Yet, custom keyboards didn’t seem to raise a red flag with you.

        I have a suggestion: How about you create a list of Android features, then remove those that are a potential risk? Now, how does such a list look like?

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    • Except you are wrong. You could add an “add to pocket” shortcut to your iOS Safari browser for years now.

      Just read the 132 page document to see how Samsung “innovates”. Anyone giving Samsung credit for anything should be embarrassed. Just read the document explaining (from Samsung themselves) how, at best, they are a poor attempt at a complete clone.
      Read it– just know for yourself: http://www.cnet.com/news/apple-cites-samsung-doc-as-proof-it-wanted-to-copy-iphone/

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  3. Again, big screen. This readers “Observation” that Apples iPhone 6 is breaking records because of its screen size and would not if it weren’t for this new design feature is nothing but a statement. There is no imperial evidence that would galvanize the accuracy of such a conclusion. In fact, android phones have been available with larger screen sizes for many years. Yet iPhone launches have in every case broken every record while at the same time “lacking” a larger format display. Which might lead one to believe that the unqualified success of a Apples iPhones lies somewhere other than its screen size, as it always has. I couldn’t care less how big the screen is or what shape its dimensions reserve for my data consumption, so long as my ability to connect with the rest of the world is accomplished in the most efficient, most accurate and beautiful ways possible.
    You’ve done it again Apple. Thanks for the magic.

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    • “Again, big screen.”

      Not just big screen. Both iOS and Android have been “borrowing,” features and designs from each other for awhile now. There’s a lot of Android to be found in iOS and vice versa.

      “This readers “Observation” that Apples iPhone 6 is breaking records because of its screen size and would not if it weren’t for this new design feature is nothing but a statement.”

      So? So is the statement that my statement is nothing but a statement. The difference between the two statements is that mine required some thought, whereas yours appears to be a knee jerk reaction to a theory you don’t like. Let’s break down my statement:

      a) I didn’t say “Apples (sic) iPhone 6 is breaking records because of its screen size and would not if it weren’t for this new design feature.” What I actually implied was that if people actively didn’t want bigger phones, this iteration of the iPhone wouldn’t be breaking records. Do you get the difference?

      b) If I’m a happy iPhone 5s user and I like that screen size more than I’d like a larger one, I’m not going to just throw money at Apple to disappoint me. Instead I’ll use my 5s until it’s too out of date and then I’ll upgrade to whatever my options are at that time. People buy, generally, what they like. The fact that iPhone 6 is outselling the last iteration tells us, at the very least, that the same percentage of iPhone upgraders are choosing to upgrade this time around (along with new users, and platform jumpers). Which can lead us to safely conclude that, at the very least, iPhone users don’t find the larger screen objectionable.

      “There is no imperial evidence that would galvanize the accuracy of such a conclusion.”

      Empirical. And you used “galvanize.” I don’t think that word means what you think it means. Anyway, you’re right, I used statistical reasoning, rather than empirical evidence. That’s the same kind of reasoning that probably led Apple’s market analysts to think that, say, the iPad mini, was a good idea. Or that a larger iPhone would be better poised to compete.

      I’m glad you like the iPhone better at any size. I’m always happy when people find the tools that serve them best. But don’t think for one second that Apple’s decision to compete directly in the phablet space wasn’t motivated by seeing the sales that segment of the phone market have generated. That’s just naive.

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  4. Calvin, “ Yet iPhone launches have in every case broken every record while at the same time ‘lacking’ a larger format display. “ I suspect a very large part of the pleasure is the awareness and awe of design and quality. I remember as a young lad holding and ‘clicking’ my granddad’s Leica camera. The weight and balance of the camera, the sound and the sturdy feel of that lens opening and closing was so satisfying. Apple workmanship is such perfection.

    Julian, I will quickly summarise my response to the same rant you posted on The Mac Observer—Why is the anti-Apple crowd (you, Julian) so dang obsessed with Apple and always going on Apple sites with nasty remarks when they should be spending your time in joy with your Androids as we Apple adherents do with our Apple wonders? “
    Obsession originates from envy, desire and discontentment. I suspect it keeps you guys awake at night. Some would say that’s a good thing. I’m not one to take joy in another’s misery. More the sadness of ‘empathy’ arises. There is the unadulterated joy to be found in the design of your choice; which is how we of the Apple persuasion find our joy. Something is surely missing in the Android experience to cause its possessors such obsession with Apple.
    Let it go. Be happy.

    Namaste and care,
    mhikl

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    • “I will quickly summarise my response to the same rant you posted on The Mac Observer.”

      Mhkil: I’d love to know, how is what I said a rant, but somehow this author’s post gives you the impression of “introspection, true analyses and fair play”?

      I have a rule when it comes to internet commenting, I restrict myself at all times to being at least as well behaved as the post or comment I’m responding to. Since the author of this post felt perfectly comfortable swearing at, mocking and generally being condescending to anyone who disagrees with his position, I felt entitled to take the same tone when correcting him.

      “Why is the anti-Apple crowd (you, Julian)…”

      So you missed the part where I started my comment by explaining that I was typing it from my iPad? I don’t hate Apple, I quite like Apple. Sometimes a product they make is the best one in its class of devices and I purchase it (iPad). Sometimes it’s not, so I buy something else (iPhone vs my LG). That’s a reality of commerce. If I were to tie myself to one brand regardless of whether they actually made the best product, and just convinced myself they did to justify my expenditures, that would be a pretty sad and miserable existence. So no, I don’t hate Apple, and I don’t love Apple. I nothing Apple. Sometimes I like their products and buy them, and sometimes I don’t.

      What I DO hate, are Apple fans. Never in the history of the earth have such a pretentious pile of pecker petters congregated as online fans of Apple Inc. The author of this blog post, some of the commenters I saw over on the Mac Observer, you. All cut from the same cloth. Loyal to a brand, incapable of objective analysis and defensive in the extreme.

      You like to wax poetic about the civility of Apple owners. I’d argue there’s just as much snark and nastiness in your comments as there are in the post we’re commenting on. Maybe most people don’t notice your condescending tone and passive aggression. But I do. You’re not civil, you’re sneering behind a veneer of civility. That makes you worse.

      But you know who else I don’t like? Android fan boys. And Windows Phone fan boys. And Blackberry fan boys. In short, anyone who pledges allegiance to a brand and, doing so, forfeits their ability to think. I select the best products that exist on the market for my usage. If next year 7-11 got into the smart phone business and released something that ticked all my boxes and blew the competition away, I’d buy it.

      Finally, as to why I landed on the originating website and started commenting?

      I use a news reader called Zite (available on all platforms) that curates content for me from all over the web based on interests I’ve given it. The app has learned that I like articles about smartphones, so it serves up articles like the one from the Mac Observer from time to time. The reason I comment is because every once in awhile the echo chamber needs to be popped. You guys can sit around and circle jerk over your love for a company if you want to, but I kind of feel obligated to point out when your assertions about the other guy are just flat out delusional. I like truth, not whatever passes for it on fanboy forums, of any stripe.

      No, I’m not jealous of the tech you fetishize. I have my own, and I’ve had yours, and I like mine better.

      Maybe that’s what makes you guys so insecure. Most of us that actually use selection process to pick our purchases have had (or still have in the case of my iPad and MBAir) so when we respond to a new iPhone with a resounding “Meh,” it makes you wonder if maybe your precious “Apple wonder,” is an uglier girlfriend than you’d thought.

      Cheers.

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  5. I can see you have a lot of pent up anger, and i’m sure it is coming from a good place.
    But come on let’s get it right: “we” the public (apart from those who do) have nothig to do with the design process of these phones, all we do is choose which one to buy and there really isn’t anything to argue about. If they say (I am an apple user) that ‘they’ are geniuses because android did (stupid) big screens now, then they are as stupid as the football fans who claim they just won a match because the team they ‘support’ won a game…
    But seriously I couldn’t care less.
    Yes -couldn’t care less- COULD CARE LESS DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING ー this is my anger, and it too comes from a good place, while we’re having a rant.

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  6. Jonathan, good points all round; but especially liked comment on Swiftkey: “We take your privacy very seriously. Your data is protected and safely stored.”

    I play the same kind of game with my Corgi. She’s very bossy and good at ignoring commands so needs a ‘gentle’ kick in the bum during walks. Then I make Swiftkey style promises, promising her I won’t do it again “I won’t kick your bum”. That really sets her off. She knows the game and gives me yapping hell all the way home as I continue promising I will not to kick her in the bum (but indeed do get a few in but she’s pretty fast). With us it is a game. With the likes of Swiftkey it’s economics; and it and Android and Google play the ‘kick in bum’ with such straight faces it’s almost admirable. Not!

    Speaking of dogs, do you notice a certain bone that is just not going to be given a rest? 🙂
    Namaste and care,
    mhikl

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  7. Calvin, “Which might lead one to believe that the unqualified success of a Apples iPhones lies somewhere other than its screen size, as it always has.”

    Poignant. I shall be making use of this point. It really is the whole that counts in Apple products, eh. With other’s it is the ‘size’ that counts 🙂 while the mediocracy of the whole is forgot, left unmentioned and ignored until those little inconveniences keep rearing their heads.

    For sure there will be stampeding of ‘others’ tossing their headaches to the back of sock drawers and lining up at the Apple store. Justice served.
    Namaste and care,
    mhikl

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